The X Factor: top ten most memorable contestants

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The X Factor: top ten most memorable contestants

Rylan Clark

Fans were divided by the flamboyant Essex boy's performance each week. While Gary was quick to brand his act a "joke", the nation grew to love Rylan and kept voting him in during last year's competition, to the point that the former Take That singer warmed to his eccentricity.

Rylan's most memorable performance was singing a Spice Girls medley, sporting a Union Jack blazer and blaring out the girl band's tunes. But his most dramatic appearance was when Nicole announced she would take him onto the live shows, which reduced the colourful singer to floods of tears.